In Akwa Ibom, New Law Offers Pension Bazaar for Akpabio, Others

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*N5m per month for domestic staff

*N100m per annum for medicals

*5-bed room maisonnete in Abuja

*300% of annual pay as severance package, etc

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly on Monday passed former Governor and Deputy Governor’s Pension Bill 2014 into law.

The executive bill, which had earlier passed the first and second reading, was presented for deliberations at committee of the whole at plenary.

The bill seeks a pension for life at a rate equivalent to the salary of the incumbent governor to a former governor and deputy.

The law also provides for a former governor   a sum not exceeding N5 million per month to employ domestic staff while the deputy gets N2.5 million for the same purpose.

A former governor will also be entitled to free medical services for himself his spouse at a sum not exceeding N100 million per annum and N50 million for a former deputy governor.

The bill also seeks to provide for a former governor a befitting accommodation not below a 5- bed room maisonette in either Abuja or Akwa Ibom.

The bill also provides for yearly accommodation allowance of 300 per cent of annual basic salary for an ex-deputy governor.

A former governor will  also receive a severance gratuity of 300 per cent of annual basic salary as at the time he leaves office.

After a debate by members, the deputy house leader Dr Ekaete Okon (PDP) moved a motion for the bill to be read the third time and passed into law.

The motion was seconded by Mr Aniekan Akpan (PDP-Ukanafun).

After the passage the Speaker, Mr Samuel Ikon, directed the clerk of the House to forward a clean copy of the bill to the governor.

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